Legal options run out for Marina Bay and Harbor Cove, pier must come into conformity with municipal 100 foot length.
The city of Lake Geneva prevails in battle with Marina Bay Boat Rentals to get the business to comply with the law requiring piers to be 100 feet or less on Lake Geneva. The Wisconsin Supreme Court on 12.11.12 affirmed the judgement of the Court of Appeals finding in the City’s favor by refusing to review the case.
The Marina Bay, according to city officials, will now have to reduce their pier to 100 feet. They will have to summit a new pier application with the city and go through normal Planning Commission, City Council, and DNR approval process before installing their pier in 2013. If they install the current non-conforming pier they may be subject to fines of $1000/day.
To further complicate matters their pier is Baker Park and according to the Baker Park Dedication of 1898 ” that Lake Geneva Sanatorium only reserves the right to itself, its successors or assigns, to build such bath house or boat house of said dimensions, and such pier, on said shore or in said proposed Park, South of a line produced and extended westerly to said Lake and running parallel with and 25 feet distant, North of the present boundary line between the lands of Celinda Walkup on the south and Lake Geneva Sanatorium on the North, except it further reserves the right to build such bath or boat house and pier at any point north of said last mentioned line and south of the Northerly end of said proposed Park as herein described, provided such bath or boat house or such pier shall be so constructed and located the east side of such bath or boat house and the east end of such pier shall be at least 40 feet distant, west of the West line of the Street herein dedicated: such bath or boat houses to be for the private use of the respective owners who shall have exclusive use and control of the same.” Lake Geneva Sanatorium is now owned by the Harbor Cove Condominum Association and Celinda Walkup’s property is where the Baker House is.